Roger Federer not concerned about start of World Cup game

Novak Djokovic is hoping to see a full court for the men’s final but the lure of football may be too much to resist

Novak Djokovic is hoping to see a full court for the men’s final but the lure of football may be too much to resistREUTERS;PA

Roger Federer saw the amusing side of a possible World Cup-Wimbledon final clash and was more concerned about what effect the tennis could have on the viewing ratings of the football.

Lewis also confirmed that the big screen at Wimbledon is reserved for tennis, the BBC reports.

Spectators at the event will now be able to watch England take on Croatia in the semi-finals Wednesday, a game that takes place during evening matches at Wimbledon.

Those who stuck around appeared more interested in following the action from Russian Federation via electronic devices instead of watching the tennis take place in front of them.

Speaking to a group of reporters Monday morning, Richard Lewis, the club's chief executive, indicated that the prohibition would not be strictly enforced given interest in the World Cup - provided the use of the devices didn't interfere with others.

A national survey of 1,633 internet users by market research company, GlobalWebIndex, reveals 63 per cent of the United Kingdom will be watching the World Cup final on July 15 (presumably even more if England are involved) - in comparison to just 25 per cent who will be watching the Wimbledon Men's Final.

They claim that they've got brilliant Wifi and that all spectators are entitled to privately and quietly watch the World Cup final on their phones but that they will not be changing the start time of 2pm.

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Club rules that all mobile phones and tablets should be switched off "in and around the courts of play" have been relaxed, however, with Lewis stating that they would only be enforced if they affected others.

He said: "It's not unheard of for there to be a ripple of applause or a shout when something happens in the football tournament and I am sure everybody will understand if it does".

Wimbledon, the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, is here.

Victory would put England, champions in 1966, in the final for only the second time and the match is likely to overlap with the men's final, which would normally last longer than two hours.

"Saturday was one of the most special days I can remember at the championships".

"I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored".

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